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Acknowledge That Life Seems Unfair June 18, 2006


Introduction

Do you have experiences in your life that seem unfair? Several will answer that question affirmatively. I am

pleased to say “no I have not had such experiences.” Why do some have them and others do not? Why did Job experience so many? We must yield to the sovereignty of God and wait for additional understanding. In the mean time we may do well to Acknowledge That Life Seems Unfair.

 

1.   Unfair As People May . . Misjudge You. Job 15:5-6,9-10, 20 (HCSB)

 

       A.   Misjudge the . . Cause of Suffering. 15:5-6

5 Your iniquity teaches you what to say, and you choose the language of the crafty.

       6 Your own mouth condemns you, not I your own lips testify against you.

 

       B.   Misjudge the . . Cure of Suffering. 15:9-10, 20

9 What do you know that we don’t? [What] do you understand that is not [clear] to us?

       10 Both the gray-haired and the elderly are with us, men older than your father.

       20 A wicked man writhes in pain all his days; few years are stored up for the ruthless.


       It amazes me how many people do not really know the cause of a person’s suffering but have many suggestions for the cure. Job’s friends were like that, we could say with friends like this who needs enemies! We must be careful that we do not fall into this trap of thinking we know causes and cures when we would just be making a guess. Some people are weak and pay too much attention to free advice from unspiritual people. Job lived a spiritual life and knew more than those who judged him.


 

2.   Unfair As People May . . Misinterpret Your Statements. Job 16:19-21, 19:5-6,25-27 (HCSB)

 

       A.   Misinterpret the . . Crying of Job’s Suffering. 16:19-21

19 Even now my witness is in heaven, and my advocate is in the heights!

       20 My friends scoff at me as I weep before God.

       21 I wish that someone might arbitrate between a man and God just as a man [pleads] for his friend.

 

       B.   Misinterpret the . . Confinement of Job’s Suffering. 19:5-6

              5 If you really want to appear superior to me and would use my disgrace as evidence against me,

       6 then understand that it is God who has wronged me and caught me in His net.

 

       C.   Misinterpret the . . Conviction of Job’s Suffering. 19:25-27

25 But I know my living Redeemer, and He will stand on the dust at last.

       26 Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet I will see God in my flesh.

       27 I will see Him myself; my eyes will look at [Him] , and not as a stranger. My heart longs within me.


       Job’s friends misinterpreted the crying, confinement, and convictions of Job. He did not try to hide his tears and his crying called for an advocate, or arbitrator, to plead his case. It is interesting that he called for what Christians receive in Jesus. In this condition Job felt confined as if he were caught in a net that God controlled, and Job wondered why. In all of this Job held to some advanced convictions about God and his position before God. He expected to see God in his flesh, and not as a stranger sees. Job’s sights did not stay on his suffering, but focused on the Lord. As we look back on the life of Job we can be very proud of his action, and reactions. We may exclaim HE WAS RIGHT! From the scriptural truth given to us we know Job does get to see God just as he thought he would. We further know God gives us an Advocate, and Mediator in the person of Jesus Christ.

 

3.   Unfair As People May . . Misconstrue Punishment. Job 21:7-9

 

       A.   Misconstrue Punishment Related To . . Wickedness And Job’s Suffering. 21:7-8

7 Why do the wicked continue to live, growing old and becoming powerful?

       8 Their children are established while they are still alive, and their descendants, before their eyes.

 

       B.   Misconstrue Punishment Related To . . Wrath And Job’s Suffering. 21:9

9 Their homes are secure and free of fear; no rod from God [strikes] them.

 

       All of us at times may misconstrue the materialism of the wicked, and a seeming lack of punishment by the

Lord. Why does it seem many times wickedness is rewarded in a materialistic manner, while many righteous people seem at times to have material blessings withheld? A great story concerning this question relates God telling His servant, “you are not home yet my child.” Truly our greatest rewards are eternal. Remember the statement of Jesus “what will a man give in exchange for his soul? In a final assessment of Job’s experiences we can many times Acknowledge That Life Seems Unfair, but then we must look at Job today from an eternal perspective. Amen? Amen! (For addition information see http://preachhim.org/SundaySchoolIndex.html)